The Hidden Connection Between Food Waste, Hunger and Climate Change

Hunger, food security, climate emissions and water shortages are anything but foolish topics. The way we systematically waste food in the face of these challenges, however, is one of humankind's unintended but most foolish practices. We wrote this book to call attention to the extraordinary social and environmental opportunities created by wasting less food. We are optimistic that real solutions to feeding the world and preserving its resources can be unlocked in the context of mitigating climate change.

"Food Foolish is an excellent analysis which reinforces my view that the extraordinary amount of food wasted, whether due to lack of refrigeration, poor crop storage and infrastructure, weather variability and climate change, or affluence, is a global problem of immense proportions. Yet it is largely solvable, and the book describes solutions which can help alleviate global hunger and mitigate the impacts of environmental degradation and climate change."

- Dan Glickman
United States Secretary of Agriculture


by Philippe Cousteau and Barton Seaver

Many in the world will take food for granted, while at the same time more than 800 million people go hungry every day. While avoiding food waste will go a long way toward fighting hunger, the environmental benefits are equally important.

Consider water scarcity, widely considered on of the largest...

Introduction: Why Should We Care?

One-third or more of the food we produce each year is never eaten.

More than 1 billion metric tons of food is lost or wasted, never making it from the farm to our fork. Often in developing countries it decays in fields before harvest or spoils while being transported. Some is lost in retail markets before consumers can...

A Note to the Reader

Carrier is a world leader in cold chain technologies for marine containers, road transport and supermarket display cases. On any given day, our technologies cool and preserve $6 billion in perishable foods on the open seas alone.

This long history of transporting, storing and preserving perishables...

Table Of Contents

Introduction: Why We Should Care
Chapter 1: The Anatomy of Hunger
Chapter 2: Why Are We Still Hungry?
Chapter 3: The Competition for Land
Chapter 4: Enter the Cold Chain
Chapter 5: A Mountain of Wasted Food
Chapter 6: Food Waste and Climate Change
Chapter 7: Wasted Food, Wasted Water
Chapter 8: Pretty Soon It's Real Money
Chapter 9: Food Security is National Security
Chapter 10: Reducing Food Waste: The Low-Hanging Fruit
Chapter 11: Urbanization: Food for the City
Chapter 12: Other Strategies to Feed the World
Chapter 13: Food Waste and Public Policy
Chapter 14: If Food Waste Could Speak

John M. Mandyck

John M. Mandyck

John Mandyck joined Urban Green Council in 2018 as its first-ever CEO. He capped a 25-year career as Chief Sustainability Officer for United Technologies Corporation, a Fortune 45 global leader in the building, aerospace and food refrigeration industries. He also serves as a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Business. John is the founding chair of the Corporate Advisory Board for the World Green Building Council, a former board chair of Urban Green, and co-author of the book Food Foolish.

Eric B. Schultz

Eric B. Schultz

Eric is the former chairman and CEO of Sensitech, an Inc. 500 company specializing in global cold chain monitoring and visibility, and now a part of United Technologies. Eric serves as a venture partner with Ascent Venture Partners in Boston. He is author of "Weathermakers to the World", the story of Willis Carrier and the rise of modern air conditioning.

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